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Pakistan Bar Council Condemns ‘Biased’ FBR Report On Justice Isa’s Family

Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has expressed concerns over Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)’s report pertaining to purchase of foreign properties by the family members of Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa, terming it ‘discriminatory and biased’.

The FBR report was reviewed by PBC members on Monday in a meeting where the members also pondered over what the effects of this report will be on the country’s political situation. Reaching a conclusion the body of lawyers said that the FBR report is “subduing the judiciary, which deserves strongest condemnation”.

The statement issued by the body says, “The PBC reiterated its absolute, unambiguous and longstanding stance in respect of mala fide reference filed by the government against Justice Qazi Faez Isa, which later on was also rightly rejected by the Supreme Court.
“[The PBC also] resolved to continue its struggle for the independence of the judiciary and to oppose, tooth and nail, any onslaught of the executive or other authorities which matter, against the judiciary and its independent functioning while dispensing justice.”

The report on Justice Isa’s financial holdings was drafted after The government in June last year filed a presidential reference that sought Justice Isa’s removal in view of his failure to mention his family members’ London properties in his wealth statement.

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